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why does my jaw keep cracking

A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
TMJ: This could be an issue with the temporomandibular joint (tmj). If you just hear a sound while chewing... That is the movement of the condyle of the ja ... Read More
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Dr. Duane Keller
45 years experience Dentistry
Possible dislocation: A joint that click or cracks may be dislocated or have some other problem within the joint. If you can open and it clicks and then bite on your front ... Read More

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
45 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Not good: "Cracking" your jaw will probably make things worse. The cracking is likely a sign of the disk of the jaw joint (TMJ) out of position. This problem is ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
37 years experience Family Medicine
Possibly: These symptoms can only be adequately addressed by your doctor in real-time (face-to-face). Only after a thorogh evaluation, possibly including labs ... Read More
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Dr. Duane Keller
45 years experience Dentistry
YES: A normal joint is painless, noiseless and has a full range of motion. When any of these are violated it usually means something is going wrong that w ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
45 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Articular disc: The cracking or clicking noise that you hear when opening and/or closing your mouth is the mandibular condyle riding over the articular disc or menisc ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Achong
18 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
If done often: I assume cracking your jaw means intentionally causing popping and clicking in your tmj. There is a disk in the joint that can cause this noise. Yo ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Wilson
13 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
TMJ PROBLEMS: This is probably from your temporal mandibular joint also known as your TMJ. It can become inflamed and irritated and cause a snapping or popping soun ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
TMD: This is a result of the internal disc in one or both of your tmjoints getting trapped as you open and\or close your mouth. See a dentist with extensiv ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
25 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Jaw joint noise: The joint itself is very mobile and the disk in it is very mobile as well. The disk is out of proper position, as the disk attachments have been stret ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
23 years experience Family Medicine
TMJ issue: It sounds like you're having a TMJ problem. Please look for my tip on TMJ strengthening exercises. Also, soft diet may help. A bite guard that can be ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Frist
46 years experience Dentistry
See your dentist: You are exhibiting TMJ problems. The bottom line is that as your jaw is moving, as it should, there is a disc to help the jaw motion (like a teflon p ... Read More

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